2012 NFL Mock Draft: Which Contenders Need Secondary Help Most?
The following contenders need secondary help the most in our 2012 NFL Mock draft:
1. Indianapolis Colts—Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2. St. Louis Rams—Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
3. Minnesota Vikings—Matt Kalil, OT, USC
4. Cleveland Browns—Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
6. Washington Redskins—Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
7. Jacksonville Jaguars—Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
8. Carolina Panthers—Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
9. Miami Dolphins—Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
10. Buffalo Bills—Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
11. Kansas City Chiefs—Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
12. Seattle Seahawks—Devon Still, DT, Penn State
13. Arizona Cardinals—Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
14. Dallas Cowboys—Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
The Cowboys secondary was a mess for most of 2011 and its stands to lose cornerback Terrance Newman sometime this offseason. Even if he somehow stays, Dallas should look at cornerbacks.
15. Philadelphia Eagles—Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
16. New York Jets—Ronnell Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
17. Cincinnati Bengals—Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
18. San Diego Chargers—David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
19. Chicago Bears—Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Charles Tillman was voted to the Pro Bowl but the Bears still lack adequate depth at cornerback. It's interesting enough that the Bears haven't drafted a player at the position higher than Devin Hester, who promptly switched to receiver. This might be the year to buck that trend.
20. Tennessee Titans—Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
21. Cincinnati Bengals—Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
22. Cleveland Browns—Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
23. Detroit Lions—Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
The passing displays put on by Matt Flynn and Drew Brees over the final two weeks of the season are evidence enough as to why the Lions need help in the backend. Allowing that many yards through the air puts a lot of pressure on your offense to keep up.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers—Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia
25. Denver Broncos—Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
26. Houston Texans—Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
27. New England Patriots—Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
28. Green Bay Packers—Nick Perry, OLB USC
The Packers allowed more passing yards in one season than any team in NFL history. I have them taking a pass rusher—the Packers' main weakness—but they'll eventually need to address the myriad of issues they have defending the pass.
29. New York Giants—Dont'a Hightower, LB Alabama
30. Baltimore Ravens—Vontaze Burfict, LB Arizona State
31. San Francisco 49ers—Mohamed Sanu, WR Rutgers
32. New England Patriots—Mark Barron, S, Alabama
The Patriots were right behind the Packers in passing yards allowed this season. Part of that was due to their pass rush, too. But New England was constantly rotating players in-and-out at safety. Adding a trusted guy at the back end has been a need for awhile now.
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